God in all things, reflection, Scenery, Seeing God

Knowledge

This photo was taken at Sheepeater Cliff along the Gardner River in Yellowstone. In the distance, you can see a portion of the cliff with a feature called columnar basalt. It is the result of lava forming fractures or joints as it cools rapidly. The columns often form in hexagons, but can have 3 to 12 (or more) sides. The rock face looked similar to Devils Tower to me, but the rock material is completely different and the columns at Devils Tower are much greater diameter. And scientists have multiple competing theories on how Devils Tower formed.

I am impressed by how much scientists have “figured out” about the formation of the world, but at the same time, there is so much we don’t know. I am reminded of God’s conversation with Job below, when Job thought he knew more than God.

Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its size? Surely you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid its cornerstone, While the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb, When I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? Job 38:4-9

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Thriving

This is a view of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone. It was taken from the Overlook Trail. It is so large (longer than a football field) that you need to be well above it to really see it. It also helped to see it later in the day when it was warmer, so that there was not quite so much steam.

The brilliant colors are from various organisms that grow the high temperatures of the spring (thermophiles). The various colors are due to different organisms thriving at different temperatures and in different soils.

What a great analogy for how God “plants” us in an environment where we can thrive. And further, “thrive” means different things (colors) for different people.

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Unseen Effects

This is a photo of the Boiling River, which is actually where a hot spring feeds into the Gardner River in the far north part of Yellowstone. You can see the steam coming off of the water from the hot spring. This is one of the very few spots where you are allowed to get into the water at a hot spring within Yellowstone.

It was amazing how you could be standing in one spot and simultaneously feel scalding hot water along with near freezing water. Another surprising aspect of this experience was how someone standing/walking upstream dramatically affected the temperature of the water you were feeling.

For me, this is a vivid reminder of how our actions can significantly impact others, even when we are completely unaware of that impact.

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Seeing God – Yellowstone

We just got back from a week at Yellowstone NP and I’ll be posting photos for next next few weeks. As I mentioned in my last post, it isn’t difficult to see God in a place like Yellowstone.

Like many people, I knew Old Faithful was in Yellowstone, and that the park was one of the largest and oldest National Parks in the US. It is in fact the oldest, and second largest outside Alaska.

It is home to half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features. Also, the largest high elevation lake in the US and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Not to mention various wild animals, including ~4000 bison.

Photo: Upper Falls of Yellowstone River (Chittenden Bridge in distance)

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Everyday Experiences

I’m sure I will be mostly posting photos from our trip to Yellowstone over the next few weeks. So today, I wanted to post a photo taken nearby. This one is at Sugarcreek Park this morning.

It is fairly easy to see God in a place like Yellowstone. It isn’t always as easy to see God in our every day experiences. Or in people we see regularly, like family, friends, or coworkers. I guess that is another way of saying we often take for granted the people and things around us.

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What is remarkable?

A while back I heard a podcast discussing this question. The context of the discussion was why one idea is remarkable and another not or one event news and another event ordinary.

When I look at a photo, I am often trying to assess if it is remarkable. This is a photo from Bandelier National Monument; it is remarkable to me visually due the contrasting colors but also because of the geology. The Rio Grande River, seen in the distance, once flowed through part of this canyon. It was displaced to its current path 1/2 mile away by volcanic eruptions over 1 million year ago.

To me, seeing God in all things is another way to talk of seeing what is remarkable.

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